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Taliaferro helps turn visions into realities

By Meg Hibbert
Eighth in a series about Salem’s top-paid employees, and what they do. Jay Taliaferro’s office is across the hall from his fifth-grade classroom. It’s only fitting that as a member of one the last classes who went to school in what today is Salem City Hall, Taliaferro, who is assistant city manager and zoning... »

What has 1,000 legs, flies and lays 50,000 eggs?

By Meg Hibbert
It sounds like a kids’ joke: What has 1,000 legs, flies and lays 50,000 eggs? Answer: the Helicopter Easter Egg Drop. That’s the event Fellowship Community Church will sponsor this Saturday morning when a hired helicopter flies over Salem Stadium and drops 50,000 candy-filled plastic Easter eggs. The 1,000 legs belong to the 500... »

An anniversary tribute to my sweetie

By Meg Hibbert
I knew when I met him I’d never be bored. It’s been 45 years now, and I’m not bored yet. That doesn’t mean our lives together have always been fireworks, champagne and roses. But the 45 years that Bill and I have been married have definitely been interesting. We progressed from the early days of being... »

Customer service is top on Salem Postmaster’s list

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Customers calling the Salem Post Office are frequently taken aback when the phone is answered, “Salem Post Office. Stan speaking. May I help you?” Stan is Stan Scruggs, the Salem Postmaster since September. Sometimes he fills in at the counter for a few minutes when clerks get backed up. Customers have seen... »

‘The music goes zoom-zoom…’

By Meg Hibbert
Just anybody under 80 can probably sing at least part of the Valleydale pigs song. “The music goes zoom-zoom. The drummer goes boom-boom, and everybody shouts, ‘Hoo-ray for Valleydale. Hoo-ray for Valleydale, all hail, it’s Valleydale!’ ” You’ll have to do your own cymbal crash and drum accompaniments, but you get the picture. You... »

Blueberries and service berries

By Meg Hibbert
My husband and I picked blueberries the other day, racing to the blueberry farm in between those almost constant tropical thunderstorms we’ve come to expect every day. The berries were fat, dusky globes of varying shades of deep blue, and the picking was easy. Unfortunately, we had to rush because it took about 45... »

Isabella at 11

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Isabella Catherine Pate celebrated her 11th birthday on May 3, and her family celebrated what she can do. For the Pate family, it’s been over a decade of witnessing Isabella transform from infancy into a beautiful young girl. The Salem girl who has lost her ability to talk, walk without help and... »

Thirty years of neighborhood gatherings

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – For 30 years in the spring, the neighbors of Langhorne Place have had dinner together. It all started with the realization that neighbors didn’t see each other during the winter, particularly, except to wave from driveways. So a few families who belonged to the Langhorne Place neighborhood pool started getting together for... »

George Jones’ Salem concert rescheduled until May 9 after singer hospitalized

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – George Jones’ Salem concert has been rescheduled until May 9 after Jones was hospitalized in Nashville, for a slight fever and fluctuating blood pressure. Tickets already purchased for the concert that was supposed to be Saturday, April 20, will be honored, promoters said. Jones, 81, who is often referred to as the... »

Legendary George Jones’ farewell tour stops in Salem Saturday

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – George Jones, who is often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with a stop in Salem Saturday night, April 20, as part of his farewell tour. Wilson Fairchild will be the special guest along with Jones at the Salem Civic Center. Jones,... »